Author and midwife Jane Beal discusses female genital mutilation and what can be done to eliminate cutting within a community that practices it routinely. Read More
To better guide pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, author and physician Fernando Molina helps readers to understand the affect the microorganisms in intestinal flora have on influencing overall health. [Photo by Lynsey Stone] Read More
When eminent psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Daniel Siegel asked over 65,000 mental health professionals face-to-face in lecture halls around the world if they had ever had a course on the mind or on mental health, 95% replied no. We can imagine what the scenario is for midwives and other birth-related professionals. [Photo by Jennifer Mason] Read More
We have lost an amazing Fijian midwife and nurse, Albert Edward McLaren. We would not have been able to do the Fiji conference without this maverick of a midwife. He passed away on September 26, 2016, of complications from diabetes. He worked tirelessly for the nine months leading up to the conference—a normal human gestation! He answered dozens of e-mails from me to get the details sorted out. Read More
As someone who has witnessed decades of human rights violations in my work as a midwife among the poor in Southeast Asia and Latin America, as well as in America, I know I am not alone in desperately wanting things to be different for women, especially the poor and disenfranchised who suffer the most. Read More
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The Big Stretch DVD presents women in different stages of pregnancy as they prepare for a natural birth and reflect with their partners on how they are "stretched" in every way-emotionally, physically and spiritually. Topics explored include breath awareness, pain and the intensity of birth, vaginal and body awareness, relationship and personal transformation, asking for help and women’s challenges. View Product
This pamphlet was designed by the Global Midwifery Council to address the crisis in childbirth worldwide. Simple graphics depict the most essential guidelines for a normal, healthy birth. Communicating directly without even the need for language, it is designed to assist safe birth in the deepest reaches of the planet. Available as a free download or durable glossy brochures to put in clinics, shelters, fire and police stations, libraries, schools and hospitals.
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For mild cases of the blues during pregnancy:
Our practice recommends that women take a vitamin B-50 mg complex twice a day as well as calcium 600–1200 mg (calcium citrate is better than calcium carbonate). This seems to help in mild to moderate depression, labile moods, and PMS.
Also getting enough sleep, 30 minutes of morning sunlight exposure, 30 minutes of exercise a day, and enough water (3–4 quarts) have all helped women level out their moods. Individually these are not happy pills or instant solutions, but collectively most women we see for mood swings have noted improvement or alleviation of their symptoms.
— Anonymous, Midwifery Today 69
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A sort of chemical 'combination lock' starts labor. Everything has to be lined up just right to 'unlock' a good labor pattern. When we interfere with that, it can be as frustrating as using the wrong combination of numbers to open a locked safe.
— Gail Hart